The Spanish earth

United States, 1937

Film
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Made largely in the village of Fuentaduena, 40 miles from Madrid on the Valencia road, in the front lines and in Madrid itself. The story centres around the necessity for keeping the road to Madrid open, and the life of the villagers of Fuentaduena who were working against time and in spite of bombing from the air, to complete and irrigation channel which would bring water to their fields and enable them to grow food for the besieged city of Madrid. Commentary and narration by Ernest Hemmingway; photography by John Ferno and Joris Ivens; editing by Helen van Donen; musical arrangement from Spanish folk tunes by Marc Blitzstein and Virgil Thomson; production committee - Archibald MacLeish, Lillian Hellman and John dos Passos.

Credits

producer/director

Joris Ivens

production company

Contemporary Historians Production

Duration

00:52:20:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1937

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

28785

Language

English

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farm life - Spain

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Spain - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Spain - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Village communities - Spain

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Bombing, Aerial

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Combat

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Irrigation

Documentary

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Death

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Death

History → History

History → Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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